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Unread 12-16-2003, 11:16 AM
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.17 cal remington centerfire

I have been reading as much as I can about the remington .17 cal centerfire, but there is not very much out there that is objective. I wondered if anyone in this forum can tell me anything about the cal., the accuracy and the wind effects. Any thing would be of great help. I am looking for a very accurate small cal. for 150 to 200 yard squirrel hunting.
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Unread 12-16-2003, 01:42 PM
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Re: .17 cal remington centerfire

I have one in a contender it is an excellent round. In my opinion the best for fox and coyotes. I have shot prairie dogs and wood chucks with good results. The wind drift is not as bad as I was told and missed a at first holding to far for the wind. One of the best things about the .17 is the lack of recoil you can spot for your one shots and see the hits on varmints very easy even in a 6# gun. You may want to give a call to the woodchuck den in Baltic OH 330-897-0614 he is an excellent sores for the small cal stuff [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] http://www.woodchuckden.com/
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Unread 12-16-2003, 07:18 PM
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Re: .17 cal remington centerfire

The 17 is the love of my life, it was the first rifle I ever built and have been hooked since.
If you guys are having trouble with the 17 use Rem 7 1/2 primers, they are the cat's ass. Over Varget naturally. I use the Berger 25 gr, not the MEF. Just the plain ol' Berger.
Used it in Colorado and Wyoming (were the wind never blows [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] ) and taken coyotes out to 500 no problem. Best shot was a called head shot at 350 on a nice Wyoming female.
No recoil, accurate and laser beam trajectory. Lots of BS out there about it but I have found none of it true.
PredatorMasters & CoyoteGods are good 17 websites. The VarmintHunter is a good mag for 17 info also.
I'm building one for my daughter and probably another for myself.

For what it's worth, I read an article in Precision Shooting awhile back about a Palma shooter who had a 17 built exactly like his Palma rifle. Thought it would teach him to read the wind better. If I remember right he ended up shooting a 6" group at 1000 and hit milk jugs pretty consistently at 1000.
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Unread 12-16-2003, 09:47 PM
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Re: .17 cal remington centerfire

You may want to do some research on the .20 Tactical or the .20BR before deciding on a .17 Rem.
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Unread 12-17-2003, 12:17 AM
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Re: .17 cal remington centerfire

I also would like to see info on the 17 caliber. Wouls it blow up when hitting a grouse or other similar game ?
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Unread 12-17-2003, 12:26 AM
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Re: .17 cal remington centerfire

I have limited experience, but have it non the less:

25gn hornady HP with 22.5 varget--3800fps est.

125yds groundhog profile--shot behind shoulder--dropped where hit, no exit.

325yds - groundhog--hit with blood trail, but no body.

they seem to really spike in pressure with the bullets in the lands--it shot so good that way though so i continued. every shot had cratered primers with fed 205's

supposedly CCI's have harder or thicker primer cups and are less susceptable to this problem, but i have not tried anything else.

200yds is a chip shot--300yds the drop is similar to a 223, but after that it starts to drop like a stone.

Eventually id like to try a 17 mach IV--that seems to be the perfect compromise for fouling and velocity.
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Unread 01-14-2004, 10:57 PM
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Re: .17 cal remington centerfire

Troy Glass
I just bet some where in that gun room, ya gota have a 20 cal....Don't ya?
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